In the month of April, both asparagus and lettuce are in season and fresh, ideal for cooking flavorful and healthy meals. Try these delicious and healthy Japanese dishes using fresh April vegetables.
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Japanese cuisine is well known for its use of fresh vegetables in season. In the month of March, both spring cabbage and broccoli are widely used in a number of Japanese dishes that are easy to make and pack a ton of flavor and health benefits.
Each spring, the Japanese eagerly anticipate hanami. Literally translated as “looking at flowers,” hanami celebrates the delicate pink flowers' fleeting beauty. People of all sects picnic under the blooming trees, enjoying Japanese drinks and food.
Are you seeking a refreshing Japanese beverage to enjoy during the spring and summer? Japan has many great options, from traditional sake to sweet plum wine. These five alcoholic Japanese drinks offer a little bit of something for everyone.
Although March is still cold throughout much of Japan and you may even see some snow, it marks the true beginning of spring. Two major holidays, Hinamatsuri and Higan, make it a festive time well worth celebrating—whatever the weather may be.
Once one of the five annual holidays held in Japan's imperial court, Tango no Sekku happens annually on May 5, the fifth day of the fifth month. In modern times, it is known as Children’s Day, or Kodomo no hi.
Quick & Easy Recipes
Learn how to make spinach with a Japanese twist with Umami Insider's easy video. View detailed recipe and print it here too!
This traditional Japanese dish is a popular appetizer. The miso paste matches perfectly with the eggplants, making you want to eat more!
Karaage is a common side dish found in many lunch boxes, and a very popular dish for dinner. It also serves many, so it's perfect for a party!
Make an authentic Japanese simmered daikon radish with chicken soboro using our handy recipe. This dashi-broth-infused dish is simple yet elegant and packs a lot of flavor, making it perfect as a side or main dish for many different occasions.
Many Japanese families have their own Nikujyaga recipes, which gets passed down from generation to generation. Discover your own take of the Nikujyaga recipe!
Freshly harvested edamame beans meet the crispy goodness of deep fried rice in this classic traditional Japanese food recipe from the Akita prefecture of Japan. Make some today with our easy-to-follow recipe and video!
Replace cheese with tofu, and turn it into Japanese-style caprese.
This simple and quick recipe is perfect if you're busy but still want to eat healthy. The salad will also be a nice addition to your lunch box!
The ingredients are simple, but it still makes a great dish. The butter and soy sauce add additional flavor to the vegetables!
Thinking of a easy breakfast/lunch to make? Try the pizza toast but with miso for a Japanese taste.
There are many types of fish roe used in a variety of dishes in Japanese cuisine. From the common tobiko to the distinctive Mentaiko, how much do you know about Japanese fish roe?
Learn how to make Ogura toast, a Japanese breakfast recipe that is also healthy. Adzuki bean paste is smothered on freshly toasted bread for a sweet and creamy taste that will jump-start your day the right way.
Japanese sake is enjoyed hot or cold with sushi and other Japanese meals, but you can also use it for cooking several types of dishes to enhance the flavors of other ingredients.
Soy sauce, mirin, and sake mixed in the golden ratio are the key to the secret sauce behind this yummy and authentic Ginger Pork Shogayaki. Learn how to make this quick and easy dish at home with our recipe and video.
While Kit-Kat bars are a popular chocolate treat in America, they are extremely popular in Japan, where you can find over 300 flavors! They are also given to others as a good luck gift, and sold in special packaging.
Making Japanese-style BBQ cannot be easier with Maruman’s miso marinade. Make miso flavored chicken wings, salmon or stir fried veggies with our easy recipes and accompanying video. You will be surprised at how well miso enhances the flavor of all...